Road-Trip Tips: How To Help Your Cat Enjoy Car Travel
Going on a road trip with your cat is way more relaxing and fun than leaving behind your feline friend with pet sitters and constantly fretting about their well-being while you are away.
Before you embark on a road trip, you should spend some time getting your feline friend to get accustomed to the car. Once your furry companion is comfortable in his carrier, proceed to the next step which involves the mitigation of stress associated with vet visits, to create a positive car association for your cat. The entire process requires patience and little time, but it will be worth it. With these easy road-trip tricks and tips, you can enjoy your next adventure together.
Ensure car safety and comfort
There is no safer way of traveling with your cat than using a secure and crash-tested carrier. To avoid distress, you need to ensure your furry friend is acclimated before you leave. Also, it is essential to pick the right pet carrier that will allow it to double your cat’s bed during the journey.
Pack essential gears
You must pack essential gears while road tripping with your cat. This may include a compact litter box that you can keep in your car, don’t forget a litter scoop, and of course, some scented waste disposal bags. Note that pet wipes are also key for cleaning all sorts of mess. Carrying nail clippers may be useful too if you are traveling for more than a week. Keeping your cat’s nails trimmed will prevent them from sharp claw digging in your car.
Respect your feline buddy’s limits
Before you make up your mind to travel with your cat, it is imperative to comprehend their comfort level. If your feline buddy has only ever been in the car to visit the vet, you will have some tasks to perform before starting your road trip. First, you need to acclimate your cat to a leash and harness. Take them to fun places and for short drives, for instance, to a nearby park. Keep increasing the traveling distance until your cat is comfortable. Lastly, make your cat practice sleeping in a tent in your backyard or your car.
Keep them cool
Remember you must never leave your cat in the car on a warm day. Here’s why planning ahead is crucial. If you sign up for an activity that does not allow you to bring your cat along, you will have to look out for a pet sitter or a cat crèche to ensure a comfortable stay for your feline friend.
Let your cat spread his scent
Cats are territorial and are sensitive to the environment. Thus, they prefer staying in familiar surroundings. So you can make your car familiar by letting your cat rub his cheek and spread his scent, to acknowledge the vehicle as personal territory. This will further ensure a more relaxed car journey.
Traveling with cats may involve some sacrifices along the way, but it will surely strengthen your bond.